The Many Varieties of Universal Coverage

The Many Varieties of Universal Coverage

A new interactive tool from the Commonwealth Fund offers insights into where U.S. lawmakers' healthcare reform bills fall on the Medicare-for-all continuum — ranging from those relying on a mix of private and publicly funded health insurance to those featuring only public coverage. Users can compare the details of up to three bills at a time, including the Consumer Health Insurance Protection Act of 2018 (S. 2582), which strengthens regulation of private health plans and providers, at one end, to the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act (H.R. 676), which calls for a single national health insurance program, at the other. A second tab provides comparisons of the health systems of eight countries, from Switzerland, where residents are required to purchase statutory health insurance from private nonprofit insurers, to the United Kingdom, where all residents are automatically enrolled in comprehensive public health coverage through the National Health Service.